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The Screening Policy

These are the screening rules the screening crew members use as a guide to determine what actions to take in instances where a module's acceptability is in question.

  • Modules that are over 15mb after zipping should not be accepted.

  • Modules that have an excessively long file name (more than 32 characters) are not to be accepted.

  • Modules that are far too repetitive are not to be accepted.

  • Modules shorter than 30 seconds are not to be accepted, with the exception of Chip music (files of less than 90kb) or unless there is a very good reason to include them. Minimum length of a chiptune is insignificant as long as it's deemed worthwhile to add by the screeners.

  • Modules that are identifiable as "rips" or plagiarism are not to be accepted.

  • Modules that can be identified as already existing on the archive are not to be accepted.

  • Modules that comprise of only large sequenced samples, and no actual effort in tracking methods are not to be accepted.

  • Modules that contain recognisable copyrighted material are not to be accepted.

  • Modules that appear to have been converted from another format are not to be added. This includes modules which have derived directly from MIDI files, which have not been tracked by hand.

Screening Crew's Rules of Engagement

These are the rules for the screening crew members themselves:

We prefer screeners do not screen their own modules.

If you do you wont have any chance to appear on the Cool Picks list. Also, the sound of a song is subjectively different between composer's point of view, and a listener's. However, if you are sure it deserves to be added, we will not kill, hurt or maim you if you do.

We prefer screeners not to give priority to specific friends or known artists over others.

Your friends should not have priority over other people because they know a screener. In some situations, screening your friends modules is unavoidable, so do it impartially.

Other Rules

  • Screeners are responsible for their actions, and actions are logged.
  • Careless screening may result in account termination, or withdrawal from the screening roster.
  • Screeners are advised not add hardcore techno tunes, unless they have merit over the usual lazy newbie crap.
  • Screeners may confer via IM or IRC if there is doubt over whether a module is acceptable or not. Two yellow flags is enough to warrant a rejection.